This is a selection of the world’s most famous black and white photographs – images that have marked some of the most important and shocking events in the history – from Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation to the atomic mushroom cloud. These pictures certainly speak more than a thousand words: they stir emotions whether they depict poverty, racism and the horrors of war, or something as uplifting and joyous as the famous WWII kiss in Times Square.
One ingenious individual decided that adding color to these pictures could make them even more powerful and add a new layer of depth and relevance that these iconic images. With the clever application of photo-editing software portraits of Che Guevara, Churchill or Darwin look more recent and contemporary – erasing the patina of decades that have passed since these were taken.
Here are some of the before and after photos of famous historical figures and events.
Do you, as the viewer, feel that the addition of color adds a new dimension to these photographs? Or does it diminish the sense of history and legend that accompanies these stirring images?
Check out these photos made using lights.